Hasner Law | Truck Accidents | June 14, 2018
An accident involving an eighteen-wheeler can be terrifying. The trauma of the accident may continue for a long time afterwards. Accident victims often feel overwhelmed in the weeks and months after a traumatic accident and struggle with what to do in its wake. The aftermath of an eighteen-wheeler accident can be particularly difficult. This article provides some information what to expect if you are involved in an accident with a big rig.
Large commercial trucks often dwarf passenger vehicles and can cause significant injuries to their occupants. Anyone who is feeling any type of pain, disorientation, or discomfort after a crash should head to the emergency room for a full evaluation. Even if you feel fine afterward, some life-threatening injuries may not be readily apparent. It is critical for all accident victims to receive professional medical care, the right diagnosis for their injuries, and proper treatment to ensure the best recovery possible.
Once you receive medical treatment, you are likely staring down a pile of medical bills, lost income, and other mounting expenses. The right accident attorney can help determine if you can hold the truck driver or trucking company liable for the accident and your injuries. In order for another party to be held liable, you must prove that party was negligent in some way that resulted in the accident. Identifying and proving negligence often requires an investigation of what caused your accident. Causes of truck crashes revealed through diligent investigation often include:
- Truck driver error
- Truck malfunctions
- Negligent hiring by the trucking company
- Failure to properly train or supervise drivers
- Inadequate truck maintenance or inspection
- Dangerous road conditions
Investigating a truck accident may involve obtaining and analyzing records from the trucking company, analyzing the condition of the truck, and even enlisting the help of accident reconstruction experts. These investigations can be complicated and expensive, requiring the resources of a law firm that knows how to investigate devastating truck accidents.
If you and your attorney determine that the trucking company or truck driver is responsible for your losses, you must typically file an insurance claim to request payment. Dealing with trucking insurance companies can be challenging and it is wise to have a skilled attorney handle all communications and review any settlement offers. It may also be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit to obtain the full amount of compensation you deserve. Our law firm can identify when this step may be needed in your situation and bring litigation on your behalf.
Our Savannah Truck Accident Lawyers at Hasner Law PC Are Here to Help
Dealing with injuries after a truck accident is difficult enough without having to worry about your legal case and obtaining compensation to pay mounting bills. The truck accident attorneys at Hasner Law PC handle each step of the process for our clients and keep them fully informed of the status of their case and their options.